This update comes from Laura who serves with the EFCCM in Japan. She lives in an area that wasn’t directly affected by the earthquake and tsunami nearly as much as other places in Japan, but there are other repercussions that Tokyo is suffering. This is in her own words:

“I just wanted to let everyone know how I am doing. I taught an English class yesterday during the blackout. Ai Mori had taken a Bible home last Thursday before the quake and started reading it, but does not understand. She wanted to know how we can believe in God when awful things are happening. I asked her how many people searched for God when everything was good? We talked about how the word salvation has taken on a whole new meaning in Japan right now.

“Today English classes are cancelled. I found Costco open with supplies on the shelves and brought supplies down to Tokyo for a volunteer team that is coming. I only waited in line 40 minutes for gas and God was good because I was able to get it before the pumps closed for the blackout. I am going to the CRASH Japan offices to volunteer. They are a group that is coordinating missions and team efforts to help those up north with food and blankets and other necessities. Please go to their home page and donate if you can. Pray that God gets them more permits to take teams into various towns up north.

“With daily blackouts, the gas pumps, banks, and stores cannot open regular hours. Everything down to the trains is electric so some people have been stranded in Tokyo as the trains were stopped at rush hour. Everything looks like fine, but nothing is working according to schedule. People are also stressed out about the nuclear situation and missing family. Please pray for patience and love to encourage one another during these hard times. It is only by the power of the spirit that we can find any peace now — ‘Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusts in thee’. Isaiah 26:3”

Would you like to contribute?

If you would like to donate to relief efforts in Japan, you can do so through our donation page by choosing ‘Project’ and specifying account 2-4615.